Swipes for the Homeless - Thach Tak Nguyen, UCLA
Swipes for the Homeless makes use of the unused university student meals, or meal swipes, that are left over at the end of every academic semester. These meal swipes are not permitted to be rolled over into the next academic semester, resulting in students often having 1, 5, or even 100 meal swipes remaining. Before the semester comes to an end, Swipes for the Homeless sets up locations throughout the campus community, to allow students to donate their swipes as well as learn about the hunger and homeless issue in addition to what other steps they can take to alleviate the poverty that exists so very close to our home. Once the meals are donated to the organization, Swipes for the Homeless works with the campus administration to choose and purchase specific nutritious foods, which are then distributed throughout the Los Angeles area, to both homeless shelters and homeless individuals living on the streets.